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Bethune-Cookman University Convenes First Board of Trustees Meeting

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2012) – After a productive three day session, the Bethune-Cookman University Board of Trustees concluded its first meeting of the year under the leadership of John W. Harrington.  The 32 member board gathered on the Daytona Beach Campus to discuss the university's strategic direction. Concluding its proceedings on Friday, September 28, the board was able to address critical issues regarding: institutional advancement; buildings and grounds; governance; finance; athletics; educational policies; and, student life. While engaged in the business of the university, the Board also welcomed new members, including Mrs. Michelle Carter-Scott; Rev. Annette Pendergrass; Bishop Kenneth Carter, Jr.; Mr. Russ Graves; Dr. La-Doris McClaney; and, Dr. Patrick David Roberts.

The Thursday session focused much of its attention on the selection of the presidential search firm. Trustees also discussed the role of the interim president is to heal the university from previous experiences; and, views the role of the new president as one who will lift the university to new heights. This includes evolving the student body, develop faculty, and build the endowment by locating funding sources outside of tuition costs. Trustee Hogan, Chair of the Search Committee, commented, "It is our desire to have a new President by the Spring 2013 commencement. However, we are in search of the best person to serve as President. Our timeline is flexible, and we will not let it constrain us in our pursuit of quality leadership."

The Board of Trustees expressed admiration for Interim President Jackson. Dr. Jackson was praised for his tireless efforts in reestablishing and cultivating relationships for Bethune-Cookman University. Trustee Harrington, chairman of the board, stated, "Bethune-Cookman University is as vibrant as ever. Thanks to the work of Interim President Edison O. Jackson, we continue to make ardent strides towards raising academic quality; improving student success; and remaining fiscally responsible. While we continue our efforts to find a new president, we also recognize that our interim leadership is competent and fully able to implement a culture of excellence and high expectations."

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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